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about the equities. it's about all of these people who have brought heart wrenching stories about how they are going to lose their home in their communities and how irreparable harm is going to be done to their lives and how this company wants to make as much money as possible. the city is trying to come up with a solution that works for people, but my understanding is that the company has blown us off and not trying to work with the tennants. it's like the city is trying to come up with a solution. right now we are asking ourselves is it about what you can get away with or about what's right, because, things are shifting really
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quickly in this country and you are asking what you can get away with quickly or what is right. this is san francisco, this is our first line of defense. we need to protect our tennants, we need to protect this city. thank you. >> thank you. public speaker: hi, i'm born and raised san franciscan. i was here to speak at the urban shield comment for the finance committee. noticing the similarities between what we need to do in this age of trump where we are seeing deportations and my colleague and this new era of restaurant spent all weekend fighting deportation at the airport and making the connection between deportation and displacement and evictions in san francisco. as a born and raised san franciscan, as
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fred said having to come here over and over and beg for our ability to stay in this city is something that we are going to need to keep fighting and we are going to keep fighting and we urge you to find solutions for the tenants. as you try to find solutions to prevent immigrants from being deported from this city. >> thank you. mr. robles? public speaker: good morning, committee members. i feel anger and outrage about what's happening. i want to echo what the wife of mr. cone an amy said earlier. i did speak with mr. cone an who was on his way to this committee hearing was not able to make it because of his physical condition. the
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stress of this ordeal is causing him a great amount of stress. the fire department was here and he'sen route right now to san francisco general. that's the degree how an eviction situation can hurt particularly a senior. it turns his world upside down and now he's going to the hospital. we have to be with his wife so she can be with her husband. he's 74 years old. he has lived there for 70 years. i keep talking about these unethical people, unethical business. every time the landlord says jump, it seems we have to jump. whenever it becomes this rent increase it becomes this trump like executive order and we have
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to bow down and obey. this is the anniversary of the hotel evictions. much of this is unethical. we have seen the effect of this on seniors. i'm here to say that it's wrong and we should not have to fight this hard to keep what it is that we have. we need to do a much better job as a city. it's shameful that we've had to endure, our seniors and other people with disabilities have endured unethical behavior by the real estate folks that have no conscious whatsoever. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. robles. public speaker: i didn't fill out a card. is that okay? i myself went through an ellis eviction and saw one of my upstairs neighbors died in the process because of the
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stress after living there for 25 years. and so i know what that is to be forced out of my immediate committee. i'm one of the lucky ones that was able to remain in my neighborhood, but my immediate community, i miss dearly because mr. jongz who lived across the street because he knew that i would call him if his light didn't go on at a certain time. another elderly woman knew i would stop by on a daily basis. i can't do that right now. i would like you to work with the city to find a way to allow these people to stay in their homes with affordable rents. they have contributed their
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hearts and their wisdom to this community. for the greater san francisco community to not destabilize the community. please find a way for these people to stay in their homes. >> thank you. if you have not signed a speaker card, you are still welcome to speak. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. if you have already spoken, there is no more speaking time. please come up to the mic and speak. >> sony, the legislative staff is here to provide
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answers to any questions. please step up to the mic, sir. if you would like to speak, please come to the mic. public speaker: this is very serious. very, very serious. my name is jeffrey amen and i live in the tenderloin, 10th district. i will support the honorable mr. louis -- fair con. this is the paper. he's a black muslim. for us it's very strange because for 37 years iran has been so completely demonized to be a
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world military threat which it is not. expression about one lopsided media that i don't think anyone has confronted the united states media like this. i also support the jewish federation, jewish family and children's services. the organization of america, my -- i'm very angry. i encountered four policemen . one of them was giving a citation to a homeless man who cannot afford it and they were laughing about it. i came to the city attorney's office to ask for the firing of that
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police officer and the captain of the tenderloin police station, she's go to to go and so does that police officer. this is the san francisco of saint francis, it is not. it is not. thank you. >>supervisor jane kim: thank you very much. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. before i hand over the hearing to supervisor peskin, i just want to thank all the members of the public for coming out. we in our district also had two major developments which many moon ago we had negotiated a percentage of affordable units within those developments but with an expired affordability requirement. i know there is one development in president breed's district and i want to acknowledge the mayor's office of housing for working so closely with
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our office of tennants. we were able to come up with a resolution on south beach harbor marina and bayside villages in order to keep all of those tennants there with lifetime leases and also the city did purchase a portion to remain permanently affordable in the future. at this time we no longer negotiate those deals anymore because decades later which felt like a long time, we have found that we have many long-term and short-term residents with expired units that are facing eviction because they can not afford the increased prices. working with the mayor's office, i know they have done in credible work to work with the owner. i have not called on this item and neither has president breed. i'm really looking forward to hear from sequoia as to why
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there is so much difficulty in coming to an agreement in saving the homes of so many teachers, residents that contribute greatly to this city. even if you don't, you should be able to stay here in your home, here in san francisco. i want to acknowledge the work of the mayor's office of housing. i know they made several offers to purchase these units. with no further comments, i would like to call supervisor peskin who is the chair of this district. >>supervisor aaron peskin: thank you, you took the words out of my mouth. this is an outmoded way of doing exempt bond. we don't do them anymore. there are only two in san francisco especially with the south beach marina apartment issues. it's down to this building and the fillmore center, and what supervisor kim said is just right. this is the only instance
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where the owner is not being cooperative and i want to again thank olson lee and his staff and his previous staff, sophie hayward who have been willing to put our money where our mouth is, maybe not as much as equity would like. i mean, it's just horrible that at the dawn of the 21st century we are looking at a scene out of a charles dickens novel a hundred or more years ago. we are better than that, sequoia is better than, mr. carter is better than that, ms. mccheery is better than that. quite frankly while there is no disagreement as mr. mcdonnell, counsel for the owner says about the rights, there is something that i have to say for the
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record and that is relative to the investment in so far as 80% of the units have been at market rate from the beginning of that investment and given what's happened in this real estate market, your client, sir, ms. mccherry, you have done extraordinarily well. when i hear about these 20% of the units which are occupied by seniors and disabled and musicians and the teachers who are educating our students. when i hear that they are "bond loss". respectfully, it makes me want to throw up. so, ms. mccherry, i would like to ask you a few questions truly in the spirit of wanting to do a deal with you. a year ago, mr. lee and his
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organization offered a substantial amount of the taxpayers money in order to safe guard these 50 units with over 50 human beings in them. for a long-term, your organization countered that and subsequently we have made another offer that your organization has refused to even respond to. we are talking about real people's lives. i don't know how you sleep at night, but can we get a deal done, ma'am? >> we have some thoughts, some things that were willing to do. >> please speak into the mic, man. and i have yourself. >> my name is cynthia mccherry at sequoia. we have some thoughts on what we are willing to do, but because of some proposals is not something that the ownership is interested in due to the fact that the
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bond financing is gone and our credit is no longer there, the cost of the financing has gone up significantly. >> i suspect that you and mr. lee or donald here can walk out in the hallway and talk about ways we can help refinance your project. we would be more than happy to help. we have financial resources and most importantly we have human resources count at 54 of them who by golly we need to work together to save so they can go home tonight and sleep in peace, and that is what we have to do. i don't want to spend the next several years of my life trying to figure out every deal that you or any of your investors or the other llc's have other interest in san francisco. i don't want to spend the rest of my year this year trying to figure out how you are going to take permits out to do
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additional work on that building or the alcatraz theatre, but i will do that if we could not solve this issue where we are willing to adequately and fairly compensate your organization. we must get this deal done. i can ask you a million questions about who rider construction is and who rider post street llc is and who the real estate is and the apartments is, let's save that for another day because i would like to finish this morning's hearings knowing that you are going to sit down with mr. lee where mr. mcdonnell has by the way, represented tennants in the past who is a practicing buddhist and cares about people wants to get it done. we are going to continue this hearing. you guys are going to come
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back with a beautiful wonderful deal and my tennants are going to be taken care of and they will live happily ever after. >> i'm not in a position. i'm not the owner. >> i understand that. but would you start to negotiate with our folks? donald can you do that? >> yes, sir. >> thank you, counselor. mr. lee, thank you for your efforts. anything you want to tell us before i have a heart attack? >> i think this hearing again demonstrates the richness of this city and the need to preserve our economic diversity. measures, goals that the board and the
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mayor jointly share. we were very successful in negotiating agreements with south beach and bayside where it was a win win for everybody. and we hope that with the spirit of trying to get to a deal that we will come to a resolution that will also be a win win. and, again, let me just describe again, what we did for those other two transactions. we basically preserved the long-term affordability for all the units at south beach and as they saw it were able to negotiate lifetime leases for all the existing tennants, for the units on turnover will be 70 units of the 172 will be preserved ultimately at middle income levels. and, so we can reach a deal. the folks that we negotiated
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were also for profit corporations who also had investors, who also in some cases had shareholders and they also had a fiduciary responsibility but were able to make a deal. i hope we are able to make a deal and preserve the homes for all of these wonderful people. >> thank you. i don't know if there is anything you want to add, but the floor is yours. i appreciate the work that you have done and that of your predecessor. sophie hayward. i was going to call her middle brook, that shows how well i have known her. >> thank you, supervisor. i have been working in affordable housing for 20 years mostly as a developer for non-profit organizations and these sort of hearings are heart wrenching and important and i want to thank you all for your support and our efforts for this really important work that
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we do. i am confident if we have a partner on the other side of the table that is willing to negotiate with us, we can come to a fair and reasonable agreement for the owner and the residents. thank you. >> so, why don't we continue this to our next meeting. i'm sorry. >>supervisor jane kim: president breed? >>supervisor london breed: thank you, i wanted to thank supervisor peskin for his comments and for holding this hearing. one of the conversations that oftentimes is ignored is a conversation around preservation of our existing affordable housing stock. we have those discussions on a regular basis primarily because we have so many affordable housing units developed specifically in district 5 through the redevelopment agency that are falling apart, but we also have as
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was mentioned as supervisor kim and supervisor peskin, the fillmore center. the expiration of units that will potentially lose their affordability and i know we have been working on that for over 2 years to try to come to a specific agreement around those particular units to protect the affordability for the people who are counting on us to do so. i mean, i don't know about you, even with the decent salary of the member of the board of supervisors, not only do i have a roommate, but if my rent went up $500 basically i would have to figure out something and end up with bad credit. it's not fair to expect someone to pay a ridiculous amount of money and more importantly what i appreciate about the mayor's office of housing is their willingness to say, we are
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not asking you to put up any money, we are just asking you to work with us to figure out an appropriate dollar amount so that we can do all we can to preserve these units as affordable. i don't think that's an unreasonable request. i also appreciate supervisor peskin bringing up the refinancing and the bonding capacity and how the city with our decent bond rating could lend support in this particular matter. this is not something that is impossible to do, but, the folks who are at the table have to have the willingness to want to do it. so, i am committed just like supervisor peskin to try to bring a resolution to this particular matter so the individuals who are just really probably living day-to-day in fear of what's going to happen to their homes, their livelihood so that they can sleep peacefully at night. i just want to thank all the
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members of the public who have come out in support of them, but more importantly i appreciate the desire to come to the table finally to try to come up with some sort of solution, and i am committed to being as supportive as i can to a resolution. i know mr. lee will do a great job at that. thank you all again, and we really appreciate the fact that we are finally getting some where on this particular issue and will continue to watch it closely. >>supervisor jane kim: thank you, president breed. i think we are all committed to this project since it's all in our district. i want to reiterate to the owner of this property. it was very disappointing that we had to call on this item and i understand that you are no longer legally mandated to
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keep the units affordable. the city is offering to purchase these units from you. we are not asking you for a charitable contribution. i really hope we can work something out. there is a long term relationship to be had with the city. i'm very confident with the mayor's housing that working on larger developments for our office and district 6. without one of our property owners, there was a pension fund for public employees and they felt that by judiciary duty to ensure maximum profitability in terms of their assets. but many of our developers are doing quite well. this is really a small way to give back attend sure vibrancy of our city. supervisor peskin, any comments? >>supervisor aaron peskin: yes, i would like to say i
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really appreciate those who are here on the board as i said the other day in some film that i prefer to enter the arena with honey, but if you are going to enter with vinegar, you should get the large bottle out. i hope that we are able to enter this arena with honey and i understand that parts of sequoia equity's thinking in this that you don't have other properties in san francisco or you don't contemplate having them in san francisco, so you can be my words, not yours, reckless and unaccountable in your behavior because you have nothing to lose, how far that maybe true because that's how it's reported to me. let me say something about that which i am going to ask the city
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attorney if we can't come to some equitable resolution to explore doing precisely what we did in the millennium case which is bringing suit for failure to disclose to these individuals that their bmr units would go to market rate at some point and the fact that that is not according to my knowledge in any written instrument, i believe maybe, i'm not a lawyer, but i have got one down the hall which we can litigate which is something we can resolve to the parties. think about that. i have that amount of leverage, but why don't we get this deal done and let the people sleep at night. thank you all for coming and thank you for testifying and sorry you have to go through this. >> >>supervisor jane kim: thank you, supervisor peskin.
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we will accept this without opposition. we would like to thank the public for coming and sharing your testimony and we are looking for closure on this agreement and the successful announcement for all of our residents. thank you. >> madam clerk, you are right. madam clerk, are there any other items before this committee today. >> there is no further business. >> thank you very much. meeting is adjourned. [ meeting is adjourned ] >>
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>> 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1. cut. >> we are here to celebrate the opening of this community garden. a place that used to look a lot darker and today is sun is shining and it's beautiful and it's been completely redone and been a gathering place for this community. >> i have been waiting for
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this garden for 3 decades. that is not a joke. i live in an apartment building three floors up and i have potted plants and have dreamt the whole time i have lived there to have some ability to build this dirt. >> let me tell you handout you -- how to build a community garden. you start with a really good idea and add community support from echo media and levis and take management and water and sun and this is what we have. this is great. it's about environment and stewardship. it's also for the -- we implemented several practices
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in our successes of the site. that is made up of the pockets like wool but they are made of recycled plastic bottles. i don't know how they do it. >> there is acres and acres of parkland throughout golden gate park, but not necessarily through golden community garden. we have it right in the middle of >> this is the regular meeting of budget and finance committee. i'm malia cohen, chair and to my left is supervisor tang and to my right is normal yee. clerk of the board is mrs. linda wong. want to thank tom loftus for broadcasting todays meeting. we will do things a little different today. before we go to the announcements madam clerk i want to give the audience a heads up we'll hear
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item 10 first. could you tell us if there are announcements? >> silence cell phones and electronic devices. speaker cards and documents included as the file should be submit today the clerk. items will epeer on february 14. item 10 public auction parcels of tax default real property. >> thank you. we have mr. david augustine who is anxious. welcome, sir. he will speak on the item today. >> thank you. appreciate take thg item first. david augustine. resolution authderizes the tax collector to sell properties at auction. the taxation code requireathize office to hold a periodic
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auction. most the parcels on the list are time shares or sliver lots. few residential dwelling are auctioned off because the taxpayer may redeem the parcel before auction. the tax auction is important tool insuring high rates of tax compliance and largest source of city revenue providing fundsing for schools recollect community college road and transit. happy to take questions. >> colleagues any questions? no. okay. yes, please? >> i don't seem to have the-do you have the list- >> i have a list here of the parcel subjection to auction. >> there is one parcel that was of interest. sorry. >> i want the record to reflect
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we dopet have a budget legislative analyst report for this item. mr. yee. >> it was the first one, the commercial one. it is just listing a price but couldn't tell which size it was. >> excuse me. >> the first item. it is listed as commercial and curious of the size of the structure or lot and whether or not-somebody saying something? >> that is a one story building off third street. >> you know how big the footprint is? >> roughly ly 2,000 square feet. >> is it something the city can
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bid on? >> our office is prohibited from bidding but the city can bid. >> just wond er whether the city can actually if to purchase for housing or something. >> i thit sea not prohibited from bidding on the parcels as far as i understand. >> is dollar a way to notify the mayor's office? of housing or oewd to say it is available? >> we can do that. definitely. >> just for the record this piece of legislation for item 10 is a procedural step that allows the treasure trax collector to sell the attached list that is in the package for the public list of properties on a auction block, right?
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>> that's correct. >> let's get-did you get your answer? let's open up for public comment. ladies and gentlemen, if you like to comment on item 10, please do so. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues can i have a motion to move this with positive recommendation? >> i'll move to committee with positive recommendation. >> without objection the motion passes. thank you. could you call items 1-4 together? >> 1, resolution authorizing the office of contract administration to enter into third amendment to the agreement between skity and computerland to increase to $58 million for october 1 through september 3, 2018. office of contract administration to into the third amendment between the city and en pointe technology sale tooz increase the contract limit to $77 million for october 1, 2014 through
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september 30, 2018. item 3, office of contract administration to enter into third amendment between city and xtech jv to increase to $94 million for october 1, 2014 and september 30, 2018. 4, octerize contract administration to enter into amendment with intervision system technology to increase limit to 30 million thrz for october 1, 2014 to september 30, 2018. >> thank you. so, are you jc fong? >> yes. >> brf you begin i want to say a couple things. items 1-4 authorize the office of administration to amends it contracts known as the technology market place. i believe the increase-first increase not to exceed amount
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to total $259 million from $165, 499 which is a $93 million increase so love you fr you to speak on that on that particular increase. and also extends the contract by one year from the original end date of september 30, 2017 to september 30, 2018. is that right? the increases are anticipated the airport technology needs for capital improvements? thank you for being here and presenting on the item. >> jacquie fong, city percher and director of contract administration. i am requesting four resolutions relating to the technology place contracts. these resolutions will raise not to exceed contract amount for 4 of the tier one contracts. the technology market place is a
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collection of 33 contracts in total with prequalified it vendors selected through competitive process. all the contracts that exceeded $10 million were initially approved by the board of supervisors. contracts started october 1, 2014. with the initial terms of three years through september 30, 2017. for additional tier one contracts were added june of 2016 to promote greater diversity with the vendor pool and provide city departments with access to additional technology expertise. these are requirements contracts and spending is still governed by appropriations aproouved by the board of sfr supervisors during the budget pros. we are requesting the following: $27
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million for en pointe technology to $77 million and increase of $14 million to increase to spending cap to $58 million for computerland in silicon valley. increase of $28 million to increase the spending cap to $94 million for xtech joint venture and increase of $15 million to increase the spending cap to $30 million for intervision system technology incorporated. the proposed spending caps for each contract reflect the following assumptions: departments continue to replace legacy systems and some systems that are totally manual at this time and they make significant investment to modernize and increase sufficiency of the operation. the airport will use the market place to
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facilitate the procurement of it to meet the long term capital improvement goals and so the airport anticipates large projects through the next 10 years and approximately $10 years and approximately one00 million will be spent in the it area. it also seems the departments will continue to use the technology market place to facilitate procurement of professional sunchs work related to city wide financial system projects, which is scheduled foogo live july 1, 2017. the four contracts which will expire the end of september 17 will be extended a year. rebidding the contracts before september 2017 is unlikely because of staffing at
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this point. the lca team focused on trying to create a successful transition to the orgical people soft system that will be replacing [inaudible] in july. so we anticipate that we will be really putting our efforts in that area and facilitating this smooth transition for the city. i'm happy toquer any other questions the board may have. >> colleagues, any questions? i was going to hear from the bla but do you want to speak before? let's hear from the bla. good morning. >> good morning chair cohen and members the committee. [inaudible] budget analyst office. as we look at page 4 of report, the city departments spent about 135 million or 80 percent against the contracts over the past 26 months
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expected expenditures is another 124 $124 millions which we consider reasonable. according to aufs of contract administration they believe the increase in the contract is sufficient through the remaining contract of september 2018. they are planning to go out for bid for new contracts after that date and any fund spent on the contracterize subject to board of supervisor approval so recommend approval. >> thank you very much. supervisor yee. >> i was just curious about the upping the limit. some of it is 25 percent increase. item 4 is 100 percent increase, so i mean it basically asking to increase to the limit that we -do you have estimates of the
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costs? what happens if the cost itself is going fall below--what happen tooz s to the funding? >> that contract caps and as i said there are 33 actual contracts within the market place and if a projeblth is more than $10 thousand we bid among the various vendors within the technology market place and so it could happen that we spend much less than the contract cap actually depending on who wins the bid and so at the end there is no money associated with these contract caps. again the, the money is approved by the board
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during the budget process. >> okay, thank you. >> thank you very much. public comment on this. thank you for your presentation. ladies and gentlemen, public comment is open. you have two minutes to speak on items 1-4. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues is there a motion for this particular item? >> i'll make a motion to send forthd 1-4 with positive recommend akez to full board. >> without objection the motion passes. okay. >> item 5 office of contract administration to enter into 4th amendment of the contract ulgrument boo between city and advan tel network for period of october 13, 2011 through september 30, 2018 >> i have robert hening, is he
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here? i have robert and [inaudible] presenting, is that correct? jacquie, excuse me. >> thank you. jacquie fong, city percher with office of contract administration. i'm before you to request approval of a resolution amending the citys term contract with advan tell for equipment and supply jz ancillary service. the not to exceed cap is $9.9 million and inrequest a increase of 5.1- >> can you explain why you request the increase? >> we are requests because we are very quickly approaching the cap of the contract. at the end of 2016 there was $697,000 available left on the contract. we expect this to be deplighted by april 2017 so in
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the next couple months. the proposed increase in the cap accounts for spending projtions by the department of technology and airport for 2017 and 18. >> thank you. >> it is our intention to rebid the contract before september 30, 2018 and happy to answer any questions that the board may have. >> thank you. supervisor tang-sorry mrs. fong supervisor tang has a few questions. >> this is for phone equipment and related serve squs sounds like departments are responding or incumbering a large majority thf contract so it is just people are using phone services more? what is really going on? >> the context for when this contract first started was been in place for i believe about 6 years now and the context was a
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lot of our telecommunications infrastructure had a proached the end of the useful life. the city was at the time evaluating the voice over internet protocol and looking at various solutions for that and so over the past few years the city has been replacing its telecommunications infrastructure. >> okay. great. thank you. >> thank you for the answer. turn to mrs. campbell. >> the contract as mrs. fong says goes up to 1 .5 million to 15 million. this is the first incraes in the contract. page 7 the report we do list by department what the expected expenditures would be over the remaining term of the contract
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to september 2018. our issue with the contract is there is no end date and had a open ended ability to exercise options to extend the contract. we have been told by oca they intend oo go out for bid for new contractor after september 2018 and recommending the resolution to set the end date at september 2018 to basically confirm there will be a new competitive process for a new vendor at that time and any future contract have a end date otherwise we recommend approval. >> thank you, we will take that advisement. let's open up public comment. public comment on item 5. public comment is closed. colleagues is there a motion for item 5? >> make a motion to pass out of committee with positive recommendation to full board. >> i-going ask about the bla amendment. i like to accept
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the amendments proposedf if we take that without objection. thank you. now-- >> now i like to pass item out with this amendment with positive recommendation to full board. >> without objection. thank you. please call item 6. >> iletm 6, authorizing the mayor's office of housing and community development to accept a gift och approximately $6 million for rdf 75 howard to the affordable housing fund. >> supervisor kim is a sponsor of this accepting gift but we will hear from benjamin [inaudible] from mayor afs offense housing. this low as the mayor's office of housing to accept a gilft of $6
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>> let's go to public comment. sorry, you speaking for public comment? please come up. >> good morning madam chair, members of the board. mary murphy. project sponsor for 7 sfive howard street. i like to thank supervisor kim for introducing the gift resolution for your consideration and here to request that this committee approve the resolution and send forward to full board for consideration. the purpose the resolution as you heard from the imayor's is create a mechanism where the city may accept this gift from the project sponsor for use in the creation of affordable housing. the 75 howard street project is the residential project approve bide the planning commission in the fall of 2015. the project is subject to a 20 percent in lieu fee payment as rethrecktflected in the gift
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resolution and in the letter conforming that amount which submitted in the record. november 2015 the project sponsor submitted a let thoor the mayor and this board volunteering if they construct the project to make additional gift to the city in the sum of 6, 10,000. as the board is aware and the letters subsequent amendment tooz the inclusionary housing amendments that followed the letter grandfather certain projects. as confirmed in the letter and reflected in the gift resolution the 75 howard project is a grandfather project and required to pay the 20 percent fee set forth in the approval motion. the project sponsor wishes to make this gift that it offered in november 2015 so the full amount it will contribute will be the 20 percent in lieu fee plus the 6, 10,000. thank you
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for the consideration of the matter and happy to squr any question. >> thank you, no question. anyone else that like to speak for pub lblg public comment on item 6? public comment is closed. colleagues any discussion? the matter is in our hards. >> make a motion to send forth to full board with positive remation. >> do that without objection. thank you. madam clerk please call item 7. >> item 7 resolution authorizing city to execute and file on behalf of the city action nesitary for the purpsh of obtaining state and fed frlsh assistance and in the grant programs. >> we have miking dayton from the department of emergency manenment to present. >> good morning. thank you. good morning madam chair and
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supervisors tang and yee. i'm mike dayton the deputy director of emergency service and here on behamp of an croneen burke. ann wanted to be here today but she is having hip replacement surgery as we speak so believe me when i tell you she would much rather be here. >> we wish her the best. >> thank you, i'll pass that on. thank you for giving us the opportunity to share information how we invest federal funds to make san francisco betterer prepared for intentional and natural disasters and provide context for our role as the fiscal agefront the urban area kurt grant. the grant fts created in response to the terror attacks on 911 in 2001. initially the grachbt was created in or enacted in 2002, the grant was first awarded in
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fiscal year 2003 and target do a small number of jurisdiction rchlt san francisco and los angeles were the only jurisdictions in california that initially rvled the grants. subsquents years congress and department of home land security expanded the grant to a number of jurisdictions or additional jurisdictions across the kunt rea so in that expansion they expanded to oakland and san jose so in 2006 under the home land security act and amendments to that act, they created what is known as the [inaudible] they created this regional urban area security initiative and think the congressional intent was collaboration is a key thing when you talk about aid so they wanted the region working together. in general terms, the grant may be used for planning, training, exercises and some equipment. under in
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ann's leadership-i would like to start the slide presentation we provided. san francisco had the benefit of services as a fis sl agent of the grant program. in addition to receiving funds oo manage and inadminister the grant it lows us to fund 39 positions in san francisco and manage regional planning projects critical responding to and quickly recoving from major disasters. i think it is third slide entitled how fund are use in the bay area and has a break outs >> i think you skipped over a intereshing slide but san franciscos role as a fiscal agent, can you talk about that? >> we are the fiscal agent for receiving the urban area security initiative grants on behalf of san francisco and 12 other counties, so what it
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means is ann is the executive director of the approval authority and it a collaborative process. similar to the board of supervisors. we dont get everything we want in the collaboration but being the fiscal agent provides us some latitude in that. >> latitude to what, direct fund or offer on how funds should be spent? >> to a certain extent because there are restrictions at least 20 percent has to be use frd law enforcement and terrorism training and prevention purposes. >> let me ask a question to cet through the noise and get straight to the chase, how much of the funds are used to milter otherwise the alameda sheriff departments is it 20 or exceed 20 percent? >> it is significantly less. alameda county is entrusted with the training program for the region and the decision was made because sheriff
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[inaudible] of the money $1.7 million go tooz fund urban shield. >> i have more than enough about urban shield. it touches a lot of people. as i was watching things erupt onu c burkey i wundsered if urban shields fs in action last night, but we can talk about that later. my question specifically is about the-you mentioned the sheriff leading- >> there is a system in california and law enforcement aid so within the california of emergency services divided up the state in law enforcement so if we need mutual aid first we look in county resources do we need additional resources if it expands the capacity we look to immediate need from the
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counties. >> it isn't so much about the region just phreeroing in on perhaps the philosophy that the sheriff is employing in alameda county and i understand-i'm just asking questions, i don't believe nigh questions are too far reaching considering we are the fiscal sponsor and a role we should take seriously and if there is something egregious happening or something concerning a county is doing they are in charge of dissiminating the fund do we have say or oversight or voice or our concerns beyond documenting in a letter. >> it can be vetted at a approval thorelt. >> the approval authority-? >> we agreed to some amendment thooz the resolution but i know that alley meada county board
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of supervise rbs has taken action. they created a task force to look at urban shield and task them or direct them to give them an evaluation by august to say if urban shield is the right training for almeelda and the region . we are mindful of that effort and looking forward to the recommendation in august. >> correct me if i am wrong but think it task force is temporary not a established body doing the ongoing policy? >> you are absolutely correct. >> it was created to address this concern. >> correct. >> do you know when was created because i-- >> i kristin do you know when the task force was created? >> how convenient. earlier this month and it dissolved by august. >> i think they want to get a recommendation pretty quick order to determine if urban
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shield should continue beyond this year. >> [inaudible] through design. >> just for the record you are? >> i'm kristin hogan, san francisco department of emergency management government affairs manager. >> you were saying? >> just that the alameda county board of supervisors january 10 met to basically determine whether they wanted to renew the mou to continue to-city and county of san francisco to continue being the regional administrator of the training program for the region. as a part of that mou that would also basically continue urban shield, so the board met, all 5 members had a extensive hearing january 10 and decide that would be the course forward to continue the program would be the creation the task force. >> okay, thank you.
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>> if i can add our participation from the department of emergency management in urban field last year was doing community points of distribution trying to figure how we can provide food and water, diapers and other essentials to the population after a earthquake. we had to tie it to terrorism so came up with a scenario there is a cyberhack on the water system and need to deploy water to the residents and brought up emergency managers from la and san diego that will help out after a earthquake. these are the type of things we try to get out- >> i understand and appreciate it but dont think we can turn a blind eye to other problems with the dissimination of the grant money. let's go ahead and continue. you wanted to talk about how fund are used in theaire bay area, did you
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finish with that partf of the presentation? >> this is just a highlight how the funds are used in the bay area under separate categories and wanted to drill down on the next slide to how san francisco- >> wait, hold on. response and recovy is blank: >> yes, sorry. i assure you recovery is a major priority this year. we are doing recovery framework that we will have in place by next year u so- >> we don't know- >> it is a major focus of the annual exercise. >> i think that we can provide that information. >> not just for me in the committee but also the people in the public that are seeing how the money is allocated. supervisor yee. >> if there is a amount allocated for this, does it mean $22 million is not 22 $22
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million but more? what we have now is $22 million >> the correct amount is $22 million. i will reverify the response for recovery but i can tell you it is a major priority and investing funds in recovery activity so i apologize. >> how often do you guys come before the board of supervisors in san francisco for reneural and going through the process? is this a annual thing? >> i think at least annually and happy to come more frequently if-- >> we can resolve the problem. there may not be so much energy focused around here. so, yes we would love the response and recovery figure. you tell it doesn't increase the $22.4 million bottom line but we don't know that p. i think you are a fantastic man but trust
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and verify. trust what you are telling but want to verify the number so quh you get that appreciate having that. >> i understand. thank you. >> i appreciate that mr. dayton. how did san francisco spend the 2016 funds? >> use it for 39 positions but within san francisco's allocation we use it for nairbl empowerment and logistics planner at gsa and fund positions not only at the department of emergency management and the [inaudible] management team but also use it for the fire and police departments and happy to provide greater granularity on the positions if you like. >> yes, please. that is what i would ask if you can drill on what those 39 positions are and what they do. absolutely.
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>> crirsen do you have the three therein positions here? >> we can provide the exact titles following the hearing, however, there are planners, there are nurt and alert funded position which is nurt and alart funded coordinator. there are exercise planners. there is the [inaudible] management team. there are i think-thank you. here we go. >> i'm going be honest i'm disappointed with the quality of the presentation having information omitted and missic. ia know you were coming back here in a week and isn't as tight as i expected it to be given the attention around the seriousness. mrs. hogan do you have the list? >> we have a lead exercise planner and additional exercise planner, resilience and
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recovery manager, [inaudible] shelter planner, emergency planner, oorpth emergency plan, training coordinator, special events coordinator, response operation planner, operation coordinator, operation planner, the four mentions are within the deparchlt of emergency management. now within the general services agency. >> hold on real quick. the positions that you just listed, they are solely allocated out of the money. there is no general fund dollars? >> correct. moving to general services agency. neighborhood hub planner, logistic [inaudible] security planner, recovery support specialist, fire department we have assistant deputy chief of mome land security. local energy planner. within the police department we have bay area project manager and captain. home land security unit
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captain. home land security unit analyst. the alert coordinator and then the wausacy management team we have [inaudible] assistant general manager. contract specialist, regional grants manager, grant specialist, regional project manager, regional project manager of the whole quhun commune taegz and communications. grant specialist, chief financial officer, regional project manager and grant accountant and 4 leaiz an positions one with the police department, one with fire department, one with sheriffs department and department of emergency management tote aelg 39. >> these liaisons what are they communicating because it seems to be a couple positions in the fire department in particular.
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or a captain position you called out. what are they doing? >> i think the police department can speak upon their personnel however they are representing their department within the realm of the home land security. >> wait mrs. hogan you are the fiscal sponsor and managing this grant. >> obviously the lee ozons help out with the planning and making sure the plan reflect the interest of the fire department and police department. they are operationally sound and provide exercise inject and work with us day in and out of emergency operation center and make sure that our day to day operations- >> are these budget salaries coming out of sfpd? >> they tr coming out of the grant. >> supervisor tang. >> i wonder if you had a hard copy thist y list the positions we can look at because there was a lot. >> absolutely. i apologize we
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didn't include that in the documents to you. >> i think probably i'm not a mind reader but probably what supervisor cohen was trying to get at and what i'm curious about is the question on everyones mind out of the 39 staff positions do we have people working on things of the militarization hof law enforcement in san francisco? >> i wouldn't say a emphatic know and know madam chair you like to trust and verify so we can provide additional information on the positions. >> i'll just say that you know, obviously the bulk of what we get in san francisco, 2.6 million out of 3.4 go toward staff positions so it great to see the hard copy of their role jz responsibilities. but of course seeing money going towards the fire department for
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operation center and upgrades and equipment, the tactical equipment, nurt, the neighborhood emergency response team program, the web management system and radios, those are things we can see up front they are clearly used for emergency preparedness and for example i'mtion someone who is nert certified and went through training so understand we are literally learning how to use fire extinshuishers and basic cpr and that is a good thing. >> that is a great thij. thing. >> if quee can get clarity of the staff positions and used fwr getting all us prepared in the event of a emergency and we can all help each other in the community. versus say the suspensions in other counties
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may use it for other things. >> supervisor yee. >> just a follow up question. the one line item on there, which is the tactical equipment. can you explain what you mean by tactical squiment? equipment? >> there is personal protective equipment for law enforcement and also some chemical burning detection equipment that allows us to more accurately assess if there was a incident of bio terrorism so that we wouldn't have to send it out to the lab. again, sorry i didn't appreciate the level of detail you wanted so we should have broken it out in further detail so i can provide that. >> so, this is kind of put us in a interesting position because you are asking-you have come to us to ask us to approve the grant so that life can go on, but we are not here to be
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an adver sairlial partner and can tell mrs. hogan is annoyed. >> no-i know you are not annoyed >> this is a team effort. we need to help the community be prepared. >> we are not trying to be ubstructionist or trying to be disrespectful and please don't take my remark jz didn't mean to be disrespectful of your presentation but do want to raise and elevate the expectation this is budget and finance committee and are charged with the management and dissimination of billions of dollars and this is something each one of us fought to be assigned to the committee and take serious, very serious and so i know sometimes i'm a former staff person and it can be an annoying thing, why are they nit-picking now. we passed it all these years and 20 years ago but the realty is we are in a different time and
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different space and there is a different realty, a different climate that we have to rise to the aquation and expect more from ourselves and community partners. colleagues- >> so, i'm wondering because we will need to make a decision on this. i wonder if we could get the information on the more detailed staff breakdowns, but before the end of the hearing before we vote on theitism? item? >> absolutely. that would make me feel better. i made a couple notes on what i like to see and let me knhoe if i'm overlooking thing. love to know the missing figure in the $22 million how funds are used in the bay area. it says response and recovery and clear understanding of 39 positions, how the money is allocated and it is great to know if they are also cross dip
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nothing to general funds. supervisor tang, is anything on your list? >> lostly i want to share with the committee that i do thing there was one good development last night where the san francisco police department announced the suspension of their cooperation with the fbi counter terrorism task force. thank you to the advocate s who worked on that. i know that the adhaveicate said have been working many years to get sfpd to not par tace pate in that and that was started in 2007. i think that is one very important step where i certainly heard arguments from sfpd and the city there is no way to get out of the relationship, but now i think in light of everything happened with the federal government i think we are demonstrated that yes, we are making sure that we are standing up for san francisco value jz really need
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to disassociate from that kind of sharing of information that may be used against many of the people here in san francisco. i didn't to make sure we are aware of that as well because i do think that was a really great step for san francisco. >> thank you, i agree. you high jacked my talking point. you are doing a very good job of. supervisor yee i don't if we have remarks or we can go fl to public comment and take comments afterwards because there are eamendment weez would like to speak to. so, let's go ahead and open public comment. i have a stack of cards here for the public. thank you. thank you fl your presentation. we have public comment in orderly forum. we have two minute nrtdival jz hear a soft chime indicated 30 second on your two minute allotment of time. the first card in front
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of me is from sureef. the second is from john lindsey followed by stephenmic neal, followed by sandra schwartz and rio sharp . welcome. the floor is yours. >> sureef with the arab resource naup naup coming outd of the long week of tawics from tump administration we hope that san francisco will take the lead in creating a new space where all our people feel safe, welcome and protected. counter teartism programs like urban shield do nothing more but demonize or communities. we heard the city invest in taking a stand in support for there residents and and you to do that. i am a resident, we are resident. conttrary to what we hear, san francisco has the authority to stop the
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harmful weapons expo the lajest known in the world urban shield happening in the bay area and has the power to stand up and do that today. if you authorize the sheriff to enter into agreement with home land security and fund urban shield you authorize the sheriff to bring trumps [inaudible] racial profiling of muslims and authorizing police to treat like enemy combatants. it is not enough to say we are against the muslim registry or police kill ings we have stop here and now. the programs are raced of racist and violent mentalities. today we here because you have the power to stop the funds used for urban shield and ask to stop this especially in light of the current administration and trump era. you should be defining the scope and pushing the boundaries as a fiscal
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agent you decide sthou the money used. plain and simple. we call to stand with us in our communities that you represent and say now to had authzaigds of funding for urban shield. >> next speaker is john lindsey poland. next person should get in line recollect stephenmic neal. >> we sent a video to your staff on monday that we asked be shown. it could be in lieu of some of the public comment. it is 5 and a half minute video produced by urban shield that shows police exercise. >> let me check with the clerk, do quee we have a video? >> [inaudible] >> doesn't matter. you can restart you time. you have two minute to communicate what you want us to know. >> so, i want to speak to the capacity and authority that you have in order to oversee these
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funds. the memorandum of understanding that makes the city the fis sl agent says all requests for funding reimbursement from the fiscal agent meets guideline jz requirements established by the agent. that is very clear. i understand there is a resolution that you are considering amendments that you are considering to make a recommendation, but the recommendation will hold no-there are several supervisors who sent a letter last year also making a recommendation to suspend or stop urban shield. that doesn't have any authority unless you actually exclude and give direction that this grant application should exclude urban shield or whatever language to exclude mill torizing policing. if you conclude the city attorney is correct, that you can only make administrative conditions, then the idea would be to
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renegotiate the mou and give direction to renegotiate the mou because if the project comes back before you and conclude you dont have legal authority to have ovsite of the funds you will be in the same boat you are today. i really urge you to look at this video of the swat team training in urban shield to get a visceral sense. one other thing i want to note is the university of california police department and san francisco police department and san francisco sheriff participate in urban shield every year as does oakland and berkeley. many who individual officers trained by urban shield have committed abuses and we can get more exact documentation of those abuses in writing. thank you. >> thank you. just want you to know sir, that my staff had a opportunity to review the video that was sent over. next
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speaker. we got sandra and rio. we got sumere. katelyn miller. if you start to line up so we can move quickly. >> i'm stephenmic neal is san francisco resident and work with american friends services committee. i just want to comment if the san francisco police department can spend the participation with the fbi, sfpd joint terrorism task force because of the political climate and the implication the past cooperation and think the committee and board of supervisors can somehow with draw from urban shield because they have a negative impact on our communities throughout the bay area. i participated in the training called the active shooter at a school setting and in the training which i thought was good it was said the fbi study on incidence of extreme
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violence in the united states shows swat teams and other first responders such as police and fire don't show up for 18 minutes and the incident is usually over by then so don't see the value of intensive swat training exercises that go on every year through the fundsings and hope you find a way to renegotiate the mou, which is what the police department is doing with the fbi with community input. i hope you find a way to renegotiate the wassi, mou and allow community input. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning. sandra schwartz and a san francisco resident. i'm here to oppose the money for urban shield. i am also here soosupport the idea of renegotiating the mou so the city can determine how
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to spend the funds and/or to adopt a amendment which allows the city to determine how to spend the funds. it seems in the time when our civil liberties are under attack over and over again it is slutdly essential that we stop every effort that is going toward mill torizing the police and other civilian institutions. and the money should be spent strengthening the communities applying to health and human services and mental health. on a personal note, i wonder if any have read paradize biltd in hell and if you haven't i recommend it because in times of disaster it is often the police or the authorities that create the most havoc and the people come together and create communities that are very supportive and very instrumental in providing services. >> thank you. i have been busy reading the 600 e-mails the
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advocates have been snding me. perhaps in august when we have a break i can take you up on that. >> good morning. rio, speaking today as a member of the international jewish [inaudible] we got involved in stop urban shield because years ago the urban shield invited the israeli military to train local police and drawing othen experience to teach local police how tainteract with crowds and we bore the brunt the training at occupy oakland. this is feld in the community by san francisco residents like myself and others in the bay area, the new tactics gained through urban shield are felt to the head and body and in the streets protests and activism especially now when protest is likely to cut done on more when we see bills in city to criminalize protest, even peaceful. it isn't a time to
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grant our police more techniques in crowd control and crowd repression and the fact urban shield is inviting governments with serious humanrectomies abuse in the past to train local police including san francisco forces in the techniques it is something that has to stop. we really are happy you all considering keepal the roam of fissical agent. if you are hold on to a dangerous weapon you want to hold on and wield and responsibility and sounds like that is what you choose to do but ask you do more than just urging admeada county to change their ways and direct the fund not to go to urban shield. the mou says the fiscal agent can set the fund. 16 b of the mou gives you authority and like they said, if you cannot do that within the confines of the mou you have the ability and spaunlt to do that so please do for the safety of people here and
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redirect fund toward emergency preparedness which we need. please find a way to stop the funding. >> thank you. sumere next. katelyn miller. jacquie barshack. marly elson. you can walk to the podium. donna willmot. andrew. malia. >> my name is katelyn miller. thank you for your time. i am a nurse midwife and nurse pracitationer and graduated fromu csf in san francisco and in practice 6 year jz work at alta bates hospital. i know from direct experience the importancef emergency preparedness. i help train the ob residents at san francisco general to responds to emergencies mostly valve thg lives of two patients at once chblt henss, i want to stress no one is here against the
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importance of emergency preparedness squl community safety. we had share that goal and i know you all do as well. with that in mind though, i want ask the question, does mill torizing the police make us safer? i would urge you to consider that militarization of police made many clunties less safe especially people of color immigrants and lgbt and other communities. the american public heblth association put out a paper about the impact of police violence on public health. they concluded that it was terrible impact basically and their suggestion was to fund and strengthen communities and to defund the police. so, many people in the health community are very concerned about the impact of urban shield and i am only one of them. many coworkers couldn't be here today but i urge you to
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fund community preparedness health, sfud security, safety and to defund further police militarization and defund urban shield. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> i'm jacquie barshack and was part of this thousands of people who converged in pleasanten last september as part of a action to stop urban shield. pleasanten was the site of the weapons expo. my ask here today is as you heard to exclude urban shield from being funded. san francisco should maintain its fiscal sponsorship of wasi but defund urban shield who's war games, racist and zeeno phobic stereotypes increases the use
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of militarized weaponry and tactics and law enforcement. urban shield is counter terrorism training for swat teams. it uses unwilling citizens for its exercises and then uses what they learned against us. urban shields weapons expor has violent and destructive impact on the community. it is where law enforcement departments can view military grade weapons and equipment that will eeventual wale be used against us. it part of the many attacks on immigrants, muslims, black and brown communities instead include a recommendation that fund used for health and social services community resiliency, natural public resources, housing and public health and medical service. finally, if san francisco is maintaining fiscal sponsorship include a resolution that will
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renegotiate the mou to include the authority to create guidelines for spending these funds, which include that san francisco is administer the funds for urban shield. >> thank you,: next speaker. >> good morning and thank you for take thg time. samara arobi a resident of san francisco and member of arab resource and organizing commission and worked government relations in dc with department of homeland security and fbi working on emergency response and counter terrorism and wanted to share lesson we learned in the years of meetings and studies in my organization and within the departments which found a militarized and antagonistic response to emergency situations is counter productive and something you all know well. not also because it increasing
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marginalization of vulnerable communities which increases the radicalization but decreasing the capability of emergency responders to handle situations in a frame outside of a terrorism framework. urban shield is a oatious example of this thing and using the line of reasoning creating a dangerous misuse of very limited fund use today protect the knhunties of this type of thing so this works against. and so i just want to drive home the idea this is something not just morally rep rehensible but strategicly counter productive and a core use of limited fund that can otherwise be used to help the communities opposed to attacking them and believe that puts you within the right tooz make sure the funds are spent appropriately and not ineffectively and not morally rep rehencebly. >> thank you.
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>> good morning. my name is marly allison, a resident of alameda county. i am here to strongly urge the board not to fund the urban shield. i fear a resident militarize and police tacters something supported by urban shield will lead to further destabilization of communities in the bay, especially communities of color, immigrants and working class people. i believe urban shield is exactly the type of program that represents the dangers of a trump administration and san francisco prides itself being a sanctuary city and city leaders committed to protecting communities against trumps daerjs policy. we ask that you make good on the commitment. defund urban shield. i was
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present at the protest last noithd atu c berkeley and i saw police in full swat gear holding weapons and pointing at crowds of students and they were standing on top of the student union and it is a hard image to get out of your head. protest against student administration met with excessive police force and i worry about militarization the police will threaten the lives of friends and fellow community members who wish to exercise their constitutional rights. so, i emplor you to defund urban shield. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> andry zito born and raised san franciscan and live in district 7, norman yee pfss district. want to echo emergency preparedness is important but urban shield does not make us safe with the trump
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administration we know urban shield will only work to repress san franciscan are waging at city hall and on the streets. i urge you to defunds urban shield and exclude it from being funded in whatever it takes whether it is working through the mou or preworking the mou or whatever. >> thank you. after this group of women, we got mohammed, susan harm en, gerold smith. [inaudible] indigo cochran. >> hi, my name is malia slaifer and a public health worker and instructor at san francisco state university in the health education department and here
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to oako support on the statements my colleagues made before me and to ask you as the fiscal agent for the bay areau asi to defund uben shield and prioritize alternatives that build community preparedness and emergency response. there is ample public health research supporting police violence and militarization of police is a huge public heblth issue. the policy of black-the policing of black lives was published by harvard review in 2015 alongside a public health re racism and police violence policy statement published by national association county and city of health officials also in 2015. happy to share any researcher data with you. this type of published research
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really reinforces all the direct voices and experiences the communities have been sharing at sha stop urban shield meetings and board of supervisor meetings and here with you today. there are definitely as a public health worker i know there are other ways to create community preparedness and get ready for emergencies that are not further militarization of bay area law enforcement. when i leave city hall i am going to san francisco state campus to teach a class of master student about to graduate and become public health worker squz will talk about stopping urban shield and hope this is a chance to talk how community organizations and public health workers collaborate to stop something that will indainge the communitys and work together to keep the communities healthy and safe. thank you.
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>> good morn pg. my name is dana willmotpart of catalyst project and my organization is part of stop urban shield and i'm also a retired professor of public health teaching at city college for about 8 years. so, i am pretty sure that like millions of people in the country and around the world you are deeply concerned about what the trump administration has in store for us. the first 12 days have shown us there are clearly going to be more racist law and order policies directed at muslim communities, communities of color, immigrants communities and a lot of those attacks are carried but my militarized please. i know urban shield is framed as a emergency preparedness exercise, which i
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think it is important for people to understand that however much good if t may do for emergency preparedness it can't be offset by the harm done by creating the very training people in very racist approaches to the community and seeing people as combatants in a war. so, i really applaud the city of san francisco for city leadership for holder fast to our city as a sanctuary city. i think the decision to not participate in the joint terrorism task force was a cor ages thing and feel like your decision to not allow funding for urban shield to go on is completely consistent with those earlier positions so, i urge you to use your power to
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defund urban shield in whatever way you can. thank you. >> good morning supervisors. i want to start by thanking this committee for asking such tough questions on the bay area wasi program. we have been doing research for years and months and it is very very complicated program and the way that funding moves and decisions are made. as you can see that evethen staff working on it don't have all the answers either. i do want to say given that we did look at the mou and do believe that you do have the authority and at least should have the authority to determine to some extent where money goes and where it cannot go as the fiscal agent. and you know, there is a certain level of
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playing it safe within a legal framework that i know you all have to abide by, but as supervise sor cohen very articulately said, this is a new time and this is not a time to play it safe. it is actually a time to be really pushing the-what is in the best interest the community. to be bold and take leadership and you have done so with holder firm to san francisco being a sanctuary city. the sfpd pulling out of the joint terrorism task force. supervisor cohen you are part of a effort to not have the city comply with muzlic registry which we deeply appreciate. this program and this funding is very much tied to all of those harms and dangers and it comes out of the same drive. the war on sair
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terror and climialization of black and brown communities so we ask you to do what is in your power to put a end to urban shield and put us as the first interest with rarsds to funding, with regards to defense from the federal government so move frgward we can mitigate dangers and harms. >> were you mohammed? >> yes. >> okay, hold on. just let me double check. are you gerold smith? darrin--okay. i called you. hold on. you were not in line. you can't short cut, this man was waiting in line. anyone else like to speak please come up and get in line belined the handsome man in the leather jacket and everyone will have a opportunity to speak.
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>> good morning, derek sipren a resident of san francisco. worked in restoreative justice in san francisco for american friend service committee and um, you know, um, i'm not here to totally protest everything. we need the emergency preparedness. we appreciate law enforcement and appreciate emt and fire department and all they do, but i think that is just a breakdown in communication with law enforcement in the communities where urban shield is mostly deployed in. i think we need more communication oppose d to militarization. the community doesn't understand there is no communication. there is no interprnl relationship so from a community standpoint they are intimidated by urb an shield. i think if we get communication and opposed to militarization that will work better. that is
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pretty much all i have to say. i think it is the attitude of the military mindset is where the communities feel like the enemy and they are demonized and feel they are the enemy. that's what i see. ikeep only speak to what i see, i don't know about all the stats and everything else, only speak to what i see and recognize. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning susan harmern representive oakland privacy. i want to start by showing you the back of my t shirt which is a souvenir from having volen teerd to be part of urban shield one year so that i could find out what goes on and it was all awful. it was extremely violent, but i thought i needed to participate
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in a exercise so that could speak with support about them afterwards. it was terrifying. lots of shouting, yelling and mostly shooting. i also wanted to show you some of the t shirts that have been sold in years past at the urban shield- >> hold it up a little higher. >> the urban shield expedition. urban shield exists of the exercises in the xhounty and expo of weapons and things like these t shirts and seminars. >> up higher. >> sorry, what does it say? destruction cometh >> destruction cometh and they shall seek peace sphthere shall be none. this says this is my
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peace sign and someone with their hands up. in the cross hairs, right. last one is it says black rifles matter. urban shield has agreed with us, we had-i live in oakland and urban shield is sort of our responsibility unfortunately because it is our sheriff and they agreed to not feature things quite as tacky and racist as these and there is a task force that the board of supervisors in alameda etup to deal with urban shield. those are pieces of progress . also our supervisors finally realize they have some control over the sheriff but caughting the funding at this level would be a spectacular move and seriously help stop the violence in our communities
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which is coming from the police. from the police trained in urban shield so thank you so much for taking the step. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> you are up sir, thank you for waiting. >> no problem. the oscar grant committee opposes any public fund used by urban shield given the fact it also a hustle. people come and sell the [inaudible] to the various police department squz thus field into this militarization the police, which is out of control in america. when you have school boards that buy tanks, the school police, there is something wrong here and we want to reverse that if at all possible . this is one
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specific case that hopefully might make it concrete for you. july 24, 2016, nadia clark, a sergeant with oakland police department crashed her su v in a high-speed chase in my neighborhood. now, in the may ham someone fired a single shot at the su v. they did not hit the officer but bad enough. after deeply flawed so called investigation, homeland security was dispatched to the home of omar secure. bombs placed in the front and back of the home, bombs sold by the way at the urban shield expos. snipe placed on the roof the neighbors and omar was apprehended. his home was searched with robots. the house was empty, sisters apprehended at her job. this was the wrong house i have to
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say. a few days later the perpetrator was apre-handed in stockton. urban shield normalizes these type of abuses. that is part of what it does. it contradicts to the corruption of our judicial system. urban shield works directly against the goal of creating trust between the police and our oun communities. defund urban shield. >> thank you. two more cards. idio cochran and tracy roseenburg. come on up. >> i think we are doing in reverse order. tracy roseenburg. i ges i want to start off by saying we need to remember the times we are in. we have a rogue federal government, the department of home land security just a couple days ago fs disobeying
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court orders. so, we are in new times so the issue of playing by the rules and playing it safe something that we really have to look at because that's not what the trump administration is doing. urban shield for years has been commingling emergency and public health services like deal wg catastrophic fires and floods and earthquakes to a nexus to terrorism and what that means is the only way that important public health and crisis and emergency training can be provided is via anti-terrorism tactics. this is so long headed. this is so destructive to those on the wrong ends of racial profiling and police harassment and marginalized communities that
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is a enormous contributor in the creation of the problems we have trying to sauvl and problems that have a catastrophic impact on effective community policing and on the burden and trauma that impacts communities of color all over the country and we have seen it for years. for three years people have been protesting urban shield and what i want to say is if 500 people have to take a day off work, go out to pleasanten and get arrested in order to get those disgusting t shirts that you just saw removed then they are not getting it. >> thank you. your time is up. there is always one or two at
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the end that want to take a little more time. okay. >> hi. my name is indigo cochran and 19 years old and here to use my voiz as a white person to speak for the immigrants people of color, arabs and muzlics who's voizs too often go unheard. like all the lot of people before me, i want to urge you to police defund urban shield. increase surveillance and weaponry is not what we need right now. trump is already committed to increasing the power of the police and to labeling social justice movements that work to address the harms of policing such as black lives matter as terrorist. now we need to do everything we can possibly do to protect our communities especially those in our communities who are most likely
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to be targeted. as you aware the election of dawn uld trump raised concern about increase in militarization of policing and arabs and poor people of color. given these are the people that receive the blews from programs like urban shield, i call on you to use the power of your position and please stand up kbaens against funding urban shield and please stand with the communities you represent who literally are counting on your leadship right now. thank you. >> thank you, any other members that like to speak on the item? seeing none rsh public comment is closed at this time. the matter is back in the hands of the committee. supervisor yee. >> first of all, i want to thank the public coming out and gibbing your voice to us. so,
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i think we had a similar discussion last week and i want to get clarification from deputy city attorney gibbener in regards to what the parameters are of this contract and what power we have. because what i hear from the public is this is not what i heard last week. >> deputy city attorney john gibbener. the city entered a memorandum of understanding with the other counties who are member thofz authority and the authority has-the member thofz authority also adopted bylaws consistent with that mou. the city's role-city plays two roles as a member of the authority for the purpose. one is as voting member. i believe we are two votes out of the 11
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on the body. the authority through its voting members with san francisco representing that 15 percent of that or slightly less than 20 percent of that, must approve application and funding. so, san francisco has a policy voice by exercising its vote on the authority. we also play a separate role as the fiscal in agent for the authority which shamore limited role which is partly administrative applying for the and signing off on the grants but the mou and bylaws don't give san francisco or dem the authority to place substantive conditions on how the funds are used by the other counties and
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cities accept for conditions imposed through the funder. we get funds and authorized to distribute those funds based on the funders conditions but we can't oppose our own restrictions on how the fund are used. there is a sentence in the mou that some of the speakers pointed to that says requests for funding or reimbursement from the fiscal agent, that is dem shall meet guidelines i requirements established by the fiscal agent. in the-that sechbtance in the context of the entire paragraph and the entire mou and the bylaws means that we
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can impose administrative conditions auditing conditions, those type of-here are the pireps you need to file, but not that we can impose other conditions such as you cannot use the money for these purposes if the purposes are authorized by the grant. >> in this body of 11 people, how often do they meet and can they change the bylaws or the memorandum of understanding quickly? >> i defer on the meeting question. i'm hearing it is mupthly. on the mou amendment, the board of supervisors and other jirsductions have to approve a amendment to the mou and over the years the different parties have proposed various amendments that have
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come to this board and could do that again. as i mentioned last week i dont this think this resolution is quite the right vehicle for that. but hpy to work with you and potentially the department on figuring that out. >> quhauts what's the time limitation for submitting or approving this? >> mr. dayton-- >> say again? >> you have to come up. it is what? and february 17 but givethen deliberation we are in conversation with the state to see if we can extend that so it is a state requirement. >> i see. >> we have asked for flexibility and indicated we may need extension. >> thank you. >> so, here is a question--can we ask the 11 person body to
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convene emergency meeting to change those memorandum of undering to reflect maybe some of our desires and if they don't want to then we will not be the fiscal agent? >> happy to work with you off line on that. i think our position and i apologize we didvent the full list of positions-we are in a arrangement now where we don't get 100 percent of what we want but do drive a benefit in terms of the positions here. they are not dedicated to urban shield, they are dedicated to emergency management and planning. >> i know i'm not having that discussion now. >> i fear fiscal the agent to another county we have no assurance the positions maintain in san francisco. >> let me object, these are
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views supervisor yee holds and doesn't necessarily represent the entire body skoe want to make sure supervisor yee gets his question answered and i think the answer is, yes-actually we don't know. can we ask the body to convene a emergency meeting to renegotiate the mou, do we have that authority? >> that is a question for dem. >> i will check. there has got to be something in the bylaws that allows us to convene in a emergency body but what that would entail, i like to have further dialogue with you. >> fair enough. >> because i guess i don't-if we dont-i'm try to pursue a path if we want to make chaisks we can make changes and the path now it seems